UPDATE: After receiving scores of emails, the management at York Properties sent out a statement saying that they "have no tolerance for discrimination of any kind and believe that all people deserve the right to be treated fairly in their work, homes and daily lives. The officer involved was immediately suspended. The supervising officer and all security officers will receive additional sensitivity training." Thank you for helping us raise awareness about this issue, and creating some lasting social change!
A lesbian couple in Raleigh, North Carolina was targeted by security guards from York Properties after they were seen with their arms around each other, and kissing each other on the cheek at a bench in a shopping plaza. According to the couple, security guards became hostile with them, and demanded that they leave the premisis because same-sex affection is unacceptable.
One half of the lesbian couple, Caitlin Breedlove, spoke to a local ABC station, and said that the security guards were aggressive, and singled out the couple because they were lesbian.
Breedlove and activists are now calling for York Properties to make sure their security guards go through an anti-discrimination training that includes LGBT issues. Let's help make that happen, and let's get York Properties to apologize for the irresponsible actions of its security guards. These guards are meant to keep the area secure and safe for all people; they're not meant to patrol the area for same-sex couples, and to boot them out of the shopping plaza.
This ABC news story covers the story: http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=7725929.
This type of behavior from security guards is deeply offensive. In the news report at the link above, the lesbian couple in question says that the York security guard demanded that they leave the property, and alluded to same-sex affection being disgusting and inappropriate.
But what this couple was doing seemed no more salacious than what straight couples do all the time. Holding hands, putting your arm around your loved one, and giving each other a peck on the cheek is not inappropriate behavior from a couple.
I urge you to apologize to this couple immediately, and to make sure your security guards go through adequate training to prevent this kind of anti-gay discrimination in the future.
Many thanks for your time.